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UK: Sainsbury's debuts world's first naturally refrigerated truck

Sainsbury's has announced that it is to trial the world's first naturally refrigerated truck, in a move that could eventually help to cut the supermarket giant's carbon footprint by up to 10,000 tonnes a year.

The company announced late last week that it has teamed up with natural refrigeration technology specialist Carrier Transicold for a two year trial of its NaturaLINE HFC-free refrigeration system in a working refrigerated trailer.

"This is the very first time that our NaturaLINE system has been mounted to a box trailer anywhere in the world," said David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold, in a statement. "It's a fantastic opportunity to advance Carrier's natural leadership in environmental technologies, by working closely with Sainsbury's, one of our largest customers in Europe, to test how the concept performs on the road."

HFC's are a powerful greenhouse gas and according to a Sainsbury's spokeswoman switching the company's entire fleet of refrigeration trucks to the new system could cut the company's carbon footprint by 10,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, resulting in savings equal to 70,000 tonnes over the seven year lifespan of a standard truck.

The recent flurry of green initiatives from the supermarket giant forms part of its 20x20 Sustainability Plan, which saw the company last year set a goal of cutting its carbon emissions by 35 per cent by 2030 against a 2005 baseline.

Source: businessgreen.com

Publication date: 9/9/2013


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